Credit Suisse Raises LaSalle Hotel (NYSE:LHO) Stock To a “Outperform” Rating


LaSalle Hotel (NYSE:LHO) Stock Upgrade

LaSalle Hotel (NYSE:LHO) was boosted by Credit Suisse from a “Neutral” rating to a solid “Outperform” rating in an interesting research report revealed to investors and clients on Friday, 11 December.

From a total of 17 analysts covering LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO) stock, 3 rate it a ”Buy”, 1 a “Sell”, and 14 a ”Hold”. This means that 17% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $37 while the lowest target price is $25.75. The mean of all analyst targets is $31.78 with a 25.24% above today’s ($26.03) stock price. LaSalle Hotel Properties was the topic of 25 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Janney Capital initiated shares on December 2 with “Neutral” rating. Evercore downgraded shares to “Hold” rating and $30 target share price in a report from an October 26. Barclays Capital maintained LHO stock in a recent report from October 26 with “Equal Weight” rating. Canaccord Genuity maintained the rating on October 26. Canaccord Genuity has a “Hold” rating and a $32 price target on shares. Finally, Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to “Equalweight” rating in a report issued on an October 26.

Approximately 500,639 shares of stock traded hands. LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO) has declined 28.44% since May 8, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 25.42% the S&P500.

The overall sentiment of institutions has decreased to 0.98 in Q2 2015. Its down 0.17, from 1.15 in 2015Q2. The ratio dived, as 36 institutions have sold all the shares of LaSalle Hotel Properties that they owned while 80 funds have taken shares off the table. 23 funds have purchased shares for the first time while 91 added to their positions. These institutions now hold 107.58 million shares or 10.30% less than the 119.93 million shares they owned in 2015Q2.

The Fund Lasalle Investment Management Securities Llc currently is holding shares equating to 2.28% of its total portfolio in LaSalle Hotel Properties representing a total of 6.83 million shares. Another fund,Lombardia Capital Partners Llc, is holding a total of 1.49 million shares equating to 2.02% of their holdings. Additionally, Falcon Point Capital Llc has a 156,196 share stake in LaSalle Hotel Properties which represents 1.59% of their total portfolio. The Fund, Kempen Capital Management N.V., based out of Netherlands, has also built up a stake in the stock, which represents a total of 1.45% of their total portfolio. Finally Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers Llc, a fund which is based in the state of Connecticut reported a total holdings of 88,412 shares.

Lasalle Hotel Properties is a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust . The company has a market cap of $2.96 billion. The Firm buys, owns, redevelops and leases upscale and luxury full-service hotels located in convention, resort and urban business markets. It has 23.79 P/E ratio. As of December 31, 2014, the Company owned interests in 45 hotels with approximately 11,300 guest rooms located in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Lasalle Hotel Properties, which intends to operate as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes, has been formed to own hotel properties and to continue and expand the hotel investment activities of LaSalle Partners Incorporated and certain of its affiliates collectively, LaSalle. LaSalle is an institutionally respected real estate services and investment firm which has extensive experience in the acquisition, investment management, finance, development and disposition of hotel properties.” Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO).